I will admit, I am not a huge movie junkie that is always up on the latest and greatest that’s coming out to the theater or DVD. Before having a kid, I used to watch a lot more movies and go to the theater more frequently. But now, I barely know when they come out and before I know it, it is gone from the theater and then you have to wait until it comes out on DVD.
Flickd is an app that can hopefully help me out with making sure that I never miss a movie again. For you movie buffs out there, you are definitely going to want to read further and check this app out. It has got some great features and takes advantages of the gesture features of the iPhone.
What is Flickd?
First, you need to know that Flickd lets you browse current, future and already released movies in an elegant window. It connects with Netflix and uses their database, so you need to make sure you have a Netflix account if you are going to use this app. When searching, you can either type in the title or a person that you know is in the movie. You will then get results based upon what you typed in and then you can select the movie to add to your queue.
Once you select a movie, you can then decide how you want to be alerted about its release. You are given options to be alerted when it is set to release in theaters, DVD, Blu-Ray and Instant video on Netflix. Social networking is also built into the app, where you can tweet or write a Facebook post about how you added a specific movie to your list. Specific actors and actresses can also be added, which then you can view in a recent list of movies that they have been in.
What you’ll notice when you first open the app is that there are no buttons to press. Every feature that I mentioned above is done by flicking or tapping your finger on the iPhone screen. For example, if you want to do a search, you need to swipe down to reveal the function. If you want to set an alert or use the social features, you need to double tap on the movie and vice versa to get out of it. Finally, if you want to see the people that you are following, you need to swipe up and then you will see the list. Swiping left and right will reveal all of the different movies that you have saved to your list.
Is it Too Simple?
Although I do like all of the features of Flickd, after playing with it for a day or two, I felt like there was still something missing and it felt like the app was too simple for me. Yes, it was nice that I could set alerts for movies that I wanted to see, but I left wanting more. It would have been nice to see more features like possible reviews of the movie, or being able to search for show times. I would have liked to see more social interaction in the app as well; maybe giving you the opportunity to leave your own review so that others could read them. I get that this is version 1.0 and there are some bugs that need to be worked out, and who knows, maybe they are thinking of adding some of these features later.
What I can appreciate about the app is that it is simple and easy to use. It has a couple of major features that they are able to execute very well and along with that it has a great user interface. This is why it is so hard for me to be too critical of this app because what they set out to do, they accomplished and did it well. But, I guess a part of me just longs for more because it is so well executed.
All that said, if you are looking for a good looking, simple-to-use app that will help you to never forget when a movie comes out again, you have to go and try this one out. Who knows what, if anything, is in store for Flickd, but I will keep this one on my iPhone just to see what kind of updates will happen in the future. By the way, this app is just begging to be on the iPad — go check it out and leave me a comment if you agree or disagree.
Search for movies and set an alert for when it comes out in various formats.7